Criminal Interests within Political Insurgencies: The Case for Development Centred Counterinsurgency

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Insurgencies are progressive and systematic insurrections with political aims. They are usually aimed at the creation of a new state, the liberation of a nation from foreign intervention, the transformation of the political system, or the imposition of a certain way of life. Whereas this political character sets them apart from common criminals, whose main objective is personal profit; in practice, most insurgencies are a combination of criminal and political interests. Solutions that address political grievances or criminal motivations separately, leaving one of them aside, are highly likely to fail, perpetuating violence. Development-centred counterinsurgency seems to be an ideal framework to confront this type of insurgencies. The case of Colombia is examined to observe achievements, failures and challenges
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHandbook Of Research On Transitional Justice And Peace Building In Turbulent Regions
PublisherIGI Global Publishing
Pages421 - 443
Number of pages23
ISBN (Electronic)9781466696754
StatePublished - 2015

Publication series

NameUniversidad del Rosario


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